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Fred Lynch

1941 Culver flies over Cape airport

Posted Friday, May 16, 2014, at 12:00 AM

Frony took this picture while flying over the Cape Girardeau Municipal Airport. The date is unknown but probably in the 1950s.

The registration on the plane is N34882. It is a 1941 Culver LFA, a 2-seat fixed wing single engine aircraft.

The airplane has a logo on the rudder: a black cat with a 13 on it. Could it be a reference to a group of Hollywood stunt pilots from the 1920s and 1930s, the 13 Black Cats?

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  • This was my Dads, Gene Heise's, Culver Cadet,I think he had it around 1952. growing up i always thought it was black and white, u can find pictures of it on the internet,its still flying, its actually red.

    The Black Cat 13 was painted on the tail by my mom, Dorothea Heise. The symbol came from Spartan school of Aeronautics in Tulsa ok were he's an alumni from 1946.

    He said when Frony took the picture's he had the door open on a J-3 Cub and had one foot out on the strut, I dont remember who was flying the J-3

    -- Posted by bhighz13 on Mon, May 19, 2014, at 6:21 PM